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Fri Apr 23, 2021, 09:58 AM

Panel: End commanders' power to block military sex cases

Source: NBC News/The Associated Press


April 23, 2021, 9:36 AM EDT
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON ó A Pentagon panel is recommending that decisions to prosecute service members for sexual assault be made by independent authorities, not commanders, in what would be a major reversal of military practice and a change long sought by Congress members, The Associated Press has learned.

The recommendation by an independent review commission created by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin goes against decades of vehement Pentagon arguments to keep cases within the chain of command. It was among a number of initial recommendations delivered to Austin on Thursday, according to two senior defense officials.

Austin expects to seek input from military service leaders before making any final decision, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal reports not yet made public. But combating sexual assault in the military is a top priority for Austin, and the fact that this recommendation was made so directly and quickly suggests it will carry a lot of weight.

The proposed changes outlined in the report represent Austinís effort to leave his mark on a problem that has long plagued the department, triggered widespread congressional condemnation and frustrated military leaders struggling to find prevention, treatment and prosecution efforts that work.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/panel-end-commanders-power-block-military-sex-cases-n1265054

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Apr 23, 2021, 10:02 AM

1. Excellent. Then they can do the same for domestic violence. nt

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Fri Apr 23, 2021, 10:03 AM

2. About damned time.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Apr 23, 2021, 01:55 PM

3. So happy to hear Austin is seriously addressing this issue

Action has been long overdue. Let's hope he continues in this direction.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Apr 23, 2021, 09:57 PM

4. Kristen Gillebrand...

...tried to get this into a bill years ago and she was undermined by...wait for it...then Senator Claire McCaskill. Democrat on Democrat violence isn't a new thing.

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